Premiere :: Firekites ‘Closing Forever Sky’
February 24th 2014
I fell in love with Firekites on one of my very first visits to Oxford Art Factory in early 2009. Touring their debut album The Bowery, the Newcastle collective were supported by another band I have missed since then – Kid Sam – the duo of Kieran Ryan (who released his gorgeous debut album last year) and his cousin Kishore Ryan of Melbourne’s Seagull.
It was one of those gigs that makes you feel a little warmth spread through your belly when you think back to it – the kind of harmonious warmth that only wood and strings and fingerclicks can bring. I bought the CD right there at the gig. (It really was 2009.)
Now, almost seven years since that album was released, it is an absolute pleasure to bring new music from Firekites into the world.
‘Closing Forever Sky’ is the title track from the long-awaited album number two, slated for release in mid-2014. It meanders through echoes and eerie samples, strong guitar melodies and hushed vocals. Like all Firekites tracks, it seems tinged with something that’s either just too dark or just too bright to make to out.
Core band-members Pegs Adams, Ben Howe, Tim Mcphee and Jason Tampake have spent three years on this album, which was recorded and produced by Mcphee in the dining room of his Newcastle home studio. Coming in with just seven tracks spanning 46 minutes, we’re expecting more sprawling soundscapes and drawn-out jams on Closing Forever Sky.
Enjoy the first taste now:
Closing Forever Sky is out mid 2014 on Spunk Records.